Aliki’s Greek Taverna

April 11th, 2011

5862 Arbor Vitae St., L.A.X.

310-645-9555

www.elikioliveoil.com

I just had to make a special trip to purchase second helpings of Aliki’s strained yogurt that I had tried originally bought at the El Segundo Farmer’s Market where they also sell flavors of hummus, olives, olive oil and other delicacies. The yogurt is so rich and creamy, nothing like you can get at the store.  Adding some honey and a handful of walnuts makes for a rewarding and filling breakfast like no other. I was welcomed by the handsome Greek owner, who assured me the food here at this small, joint of a restaurant was equally delicious. Unfortunately it was closing time, but I was so glad to make it in time for more yogurt to go!

Spitz

April 11th, 2011

2506 Colorado Blvd. (Eagle Rock)

Los Angeles, CA 90041

323-257-5600

www.eatatspitz.com

7 days a week-11am to 10pm

Home of the Doner Kebab, Spitz  apparently has been established in Eagle Rock, my home town for five years now! This is the first time I tried it after a friend in the area told me it was rated one of the top ten sandwich places in L.A. recently. I enjoy Greek food, and was pleasantly surprised by the simple deliciousness of their fresh lamb/beef wraps, filled with thin slices of tender carved lamb/beef mix, tzatziki, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, green pepper and a mild chili sauce. The dinner includes an option of fries, sweet potato fries, street cart fries, lightly fried pita strips with hummus, or a side salad. I had the hummus with the fresh pita strips-yum, and also the side salad-just cuz. The creamy balsamic dressing moistening a delicious and fresh classic Greek salad was oh, so good. The sandwich was big enough to share, but can also be bought a la carte, as well can the sides be. Meals come as salads or on open plates as well. The prices are very reasonable, averaging $9.50 which includes refillable beverage. There is covered patio seating and friendly service. They offer catering and a second location on Second Street in Little Tokyo. Oh, I forgot to mention, they normally serve Italian gelato, however when I was there they were waiting for a part to arrive from Italy. Somehow I imagine it is just as delicious as the rest.   There’s no place like  home.

ThainakorN

July 26th, 2010

12532 Garden Grove Blvd.

Garden Grove, CA 92843

714-583-8938

This summer I had the joy of taking my grandson to Disneyland, just he and I. We had a wonderful time, and left with a hearty appetite. Not far, about four miles from the happiest place on earth, we experienced a glorious and unexpected ride of cuisine life .  Thainakorn (I believe it is pronounced Thai Nakorn) was the most authentic and fresh version of Thai food I have ever eaten. As the dishes passed by for other patrons, my neck and nose were craning to see and smell the wonderful aromas and delicious mouth watering plates and bowls of food. Look out Mickey, as you have some stiff competition in the hood.IMG_2469

Eagle Rock Italian Bakery

September 23rd, 2009

1726 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90041

I have been coming to this bakery since  my mom brought me here as a little girl, when it was located up the street. I still remember being fascinated by the fresh loaf bread slicer. It was just a simple bread and pastry bakery then, but for years now, they are a deli/market providing the best Italian subs,cookies, and whatever ingredients you might need for the best Italian dinner. We always grab sandwiches to take to the beach, to the Rose Bowl or for the long ride  home back to Phoenix. I also stock up on double bagged fresh bread to go in the freezer for the next family spaghetti dinner or to make into french toast when the kids are over, because nothing says home better than this.

Green Street Restaurant

September 23rd, 2009

146 S. Shopper’s Lane, Pasadena CA 91101

626-792-5020

www.greenstreetrestaurant.com

Open 7 days a week

A Pasadena tradition since 1979 explains why this is still a favorite of ours when we visit home in Eagle Rock. Famous for their Diane Salad, we return here just for that. Tender greens, chicken, almonds, sesame seeds, and a secret vinaigrette recipe coating it just lightly, served with a nutty zuccini bread-and because I am in Pasadena, I have to have a glass of Chardonnay, which their house wine does the trick. We had this catered at our wedding and it is still as good today as it was then-22 years ago!

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